Aerial America

  • 2009
  • TV Show
  • TV-G

A look at different segments of America from the air.

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Rikers Island Inmates Bury the Unclaimed Dead for Work
02:19 — Every day, a group of detainees leave Rikers' Island prison in New York. Not to go to court, but to volunteer for an unusual job: digging graves. Fro (more…)
This Engineering Job Is Not for the Faint-Hearted
02:35 — The engineers working on 3 World Trade Center in New York are among the most daring around. Not only do they operate their machinery up to 1,000 feet (more…)
Where to Find Vampires in America
01:57 — The tiny town of Forks, Washington became known for its teenage vampires thanks to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. And HBO's True Blood establishe (more…)
Beale Street's Memphis Blues
02:14 — Beale Street in downtown Memphis was officially declared the "Home of the Blues" by an act of Congress in 1977. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Tennessee http (more…)
Even Lincoln Jumped Careers Before Choosing Politics
03:41 — Lincoln's path to the presidency was beset by uncertainty. He tried his hand at being a soldier, a postmaster and a lawyer, before drifting into polit (more…)
The World's First Journalism School Has Some Pretty Famous Alumni
02:02 — The University of Missouri boasts the oldest journalism program in the world. Its famous former students include Tennessee Williams, Sam Walton, and B (more…)
How Was the Grand Canyon Formed?
02:20 — In the 19th century, many people believed that landscapes like the Grand Canyon were shaped by volcanoes and earthquakes. But one American geologist n (more…)
How America's Public Parks Were Born
01:51 — Manhattan is home to one of America's best urban ideas: public parks. Learn how Central Park, the first of its kind, was given a completely visionary (more…)
The Home of the King
02:26 — Every year, fans make the pilgrimage to Elvis Presley's hometown to see his birthplace and parade their classic Rock and Roll cars around town. From: (more…)
Harbor Island: Man's Inhumanity
01:35 — The beauty of Harbor Island shrouds the secrets of a dark history. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Maine
The Gold Rush Was California's Shortcut to Statehood
02:21 — In 1848, pioneer John Sutter and a carpenter named James Marshall discovered gold in a local stream, prompting a major gold rush. Just a year later, C (more…)
Atlanta, Georgia
02:25 — From natural resources to national icons, Atlanta is adorned in history. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Georgia
Wine Does Just Fine in Oregon
01:16 — An explosion in the number of vineyards in Oregon proves that wet winters in the Willamette Valley produce quality wines. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Orego (more…)
Here's a Glimpse of What American Life Used to Be
01:58 — Tucked away from modernity, New Castle gives us a glimpse of what American life used to look like. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Maryland & Delaware http://b (more…)
What You Never Knew About Tabasco Sauce
01:25 — Tabasco sauce got its start after the Civil War, when Edmund McIlhenny of Avery Island, Louisiana, began fermenting his red pepper plants in order to (more…)
A South Carolina Peach
01:08 — Georgia may be known for its peaches, but this four-story water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina was designed as a giant peach to let the world know t (more…)
The Twelve-Year Pig War
01:50 — In 1859, when an American farmer shot a pig on an island that both Britain and America claimed, a twelve-year-long standoff known as the Pig War began (more…)
Why Iowa's Fields Are Full of Promise
01:47 — A famous movie ghost once mistook an Iowa cornfield for heaven, and many Hawkeye State residents wouldn't disagree. Here's why. From: AERIAL AMERICA: (more…)
Why Doesn't the Willis Tower Topple Over?
01:50 — Chicago is home to one of the tallest buildings in the world: the Willis Tower. So tall that on a windy day, the topmost floors can sway as much as th (more…)
This Controversial Supreme Court Decision Was a Civil War Catalyst
03:19 — In 1847, two Missouri slaves launched a remarkable lawsuit for their freedom. The Dred Scott case would go all the way to the Supreme Court, and its o (more…)
This Kind Surprise Is Why We Have Thanksgiving
01:10 — The first pilgrims who settled in Plymouth suffered a brutal winter, facing disease and exposure in a new land. But the following spring, members of t (more…)
Where Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation
02:46 — More than half a century ago, civil rights leaders Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for equality in Montgomery, inspiring a national move (more…)
Sedona's Mysterious Energy Field
01:57 — New-Agers have been coming to Sedona for years because of its mysterious spiritual energy, but they weren't the first to believe in its religious powe (more…)
The World's First Camels Roamed... South Dakota?
01:43 — The Badlands of South Dakota are filled with the fossils of fascinating and surprising prehistoric animals: saber-toothed cats, large-headed pigs, and (more…)
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  • Premiered: December 6, 2009
  • Rating: TV-G
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